Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Webster, NY
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When I crate trained Molly she would be in her crate whenever I wasn't directly supervising her. If she did potty outside she would then get supervised "freedom" in the house. If she did not go potty she would go back in the crate and we would try again in a little while. Even though young puppies can go all night without going potty, during the day when they are active they have to potty ALOT! Every time they change activities is a good time to take them out. So after eating, playing and when they wake up from a nap. As they mature the time spent in the crate is less and their freedom in the house can be increased.I also used an expen in the house to give Molly a place to play when I couldn't have eyes on her every second. Molly has freedom now when I am home but still goes in her crate when I shower or run a quick errand. When I am gone longer she is gated in my tiled mudroom with her food, water, crate, and toys. Good luck and just remember not to give too much freedom in the house too soon.
Diane and Molly